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Evaluate: St. Regis Aspen, Colorado

Ford and I not too long ago wrapped up a 5 evening keep at the 179-room St. Regis Aspen, which we booked with Marriott Bonvoy factors. This was my first time visiting the property in a number of years, and I used to be curious to see the way it’s holding up. I used to be additionally trying ahead to evaluating it to the St. Regis Deer Valley, which I reviewed final yr.

Lengthy story brief, I’m an enormous fan of the St. Regis Aspen. The resort has a incredible location, nice service, and I recognize the dearth of nickel-and-diming.

Redeeming factors on the St. Regis Aspen

Marriott Bonvoy will quickly be introducing dynamic award pricing, which can seemingly be an enormous devaluation for aspirational redemptions. In consequence, I’m making an attempt to redeem as lots of my Bonvoy factors as attainable. I managed to seek out award availability for 5 nights in mid-January, and your entire 5 evening keep price 400,000 factors (the price was 100,000 factors per evening, plus a fifth evening free).

As some extent of comparability, the money fee at this resort for the standard room was over $2,000 per evening, so we bought an outstanding worth. It’s value acknowledging that these charges actually simply replicate the completely unimaginable demand for luxurious inns in the US, as we’ve seen charges kind of double at many properties. Regardless of that, inns are full.

I made a decision to use a few of my Marriott Bonvoy suite evening awards to the reservation. I figured there was no likelihood that they’d clear, on condition that the resort was kind of offered out. So I used to be delighted when the improve did find yourself routinely clearing on the 5 day window, all the best way right into a one bed room suite. I actually lucked out.

For context, that 5 evening keep would have price $13,605 if paying money.

I additionally need to take a second to commend the St. Regis Aspen for not having a resort price. That is extremely uncommon for a resort in the US. The resort doesn’t cost a price like this despite providing every kind of value-add companies, which I’ll cowl in additional element under.

E book St. Regis Aspen with Marriott STARS

In the event you’re reserving a paid keep on the St. Regis Aspen, I’d extremely advocate reserving by way of a journey advisor affiliated with the Marriott STARS program. You’ll pay the identical because the versatile money fee obtainable on Marriott’s web site, and also you’ll obtain the next further perks:

  • Complimentary full or continental breakfast every day for as much as two individuals per room
  • Resort credit score valued at 100USD as soon as per keep
  • Room improve, topic to availability at check-in
  • Complimentary fundamental Wi-Fi every day
  • In-person welcome
  • Personalised welcome amenity and notice

Observe that Marriott STARS upgrades are prioritized forward of upgrades by way of different packages, like Amex High quality Lodges & Resorts, which is why I’d advocate reserving by way of STARS. You may earn Bonvoy factors when reserving a Marriott STARS fee, and also can reap the benefits of any elite advantages, ought to you’ve got standing.

If you need assist with a Marriott STARS reserving on the St. Regis Aspen, Ford is pleased to assist, and might be reached at [email protected]

St. Regis Aspen location & transportation

Arguably the most important promoting level of the St. Regis Aspen is its location, proper within the coronary heart of Aspen. You may stroll wherever on the town inside a couple of minutes. I think about this to be a serious benefit in comparison with different ski inns in the US, the place you may get virtually nowhere by foot.

St. Regis Aspen exterior
St. Regis Aspen exterior
Aspen, Colorado
Aspen, Colorado

In the event you favor to not stroll (in any case, the streets might be slippery), the resort gives a complimentary shuttle wherever within the downtown space.

St. Regis Aspen complimentary city shuttle

The St. Regis Aspen additionally gives a complimentary shuttle to Aspen Pitkin County Airport (ASE), which positive is handy. The airport is barely a 10-15 minute drive from the resort.

St. Regis Aspen complimentary airport shuttle

Lastly, whereas we’re speaking about transportation, the St. Regis Aspen additionally has a BMW X7, which might be reserved for 4 hours on a complimentary foundation, between 7AM and 9PM. We didn’t use this (since we didn’t have wherever to drive), however basically getting an X7 without cost for 4 hours is fairly superior.

St. Regis Aspen check-in & foyer

Upon arrival on the resort I first checked out the foyer. The St. Regis Aspen’s foyer is giant, and I’d say it’s cozy and conventional for a mountain resort. It’s nicely maintained and feels good, with out being overly luxurious. Inside the doorway and to the suitable was reception, whereas straight forward was the foyer bar.

St. Regis Aspen foyer
St. Regis Aspen foyer
St. Regis Aspen reception

There are additionally a number of hallways main to varied wings of the property, in addition to some cute locations to sit down.

St. Regis Aspen foyer seating
St. Regis Aspen foyer
St. Regis Aspen foyer

Inside the doorway and to the left was a staircase main down a stage, as that’s the place the health club, spa, and convention rooms are situated.

St. Regis Aspen foyer
St. Regis Aspen foyer

Our check-in expertise was environment friendly {and professional}. We had been suggested of most of the resort’s options, and had been additionally instructed that on account of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium standing we had a $52 every day breakfast credit score, which might be used within the restaurant or through in-room eating.

Since we had been in a set, we had been additionally launched to a butler, who escorted us to our room. We had been assigned room 405, situated on the fourth flooring (the resort has 5 flooring). The elevators had been simply behind reception and to the suitable.

St. Regis Aspen elevators

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite

Apparently the decor within the hallways feels very completely different than the decor within the foyer. Upon exiting the elevators we turned left, after which our room was only a brief stroll down the hallway and on the suitable.

St. Regis Aspen hallway

The St. Regis Aspen’s one bed room suites are generously sized, at 820 sq. ft. There was an extended hallway main into the residing space, with a half lavatory on the suitable.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite entryway
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite half bathtub
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite half bathtub

The lounge was fairly giant, and featured a pull-out couch, a leather-based lounger chair, and a desk with a seat.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite front room
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite front room
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite desk space

Alongside the inside wall of the lounge was a wall-mounted TV, plus an illy espresso machine.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite residing space
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite in-room espresso machine

There have been double doorways main into the bed room, which had a signature St. Regis king measurement mattress (tremendous comfortable!), plus a chair by the window. There was additionally a dresser and TV alongside the internal wall.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite bed room
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite bed room
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite bed room

There was a hallway within the bed room resulting in the lavatory. Alongside that hallway was a big walk-in closet, plus the minibar, that includes quite a lot of drinks and snacks for buy.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite hallway
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite closet
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite minibar
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite minibar

Then there was the primary lavatory, which was enormous. It had double sinks, a soaking tub, a walk-in bathe, and a rest room.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite lavatory
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite lavatory
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite bathtub
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite bathroom
St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite bathe

Toiletries had been from Remede, as is model customary at St. Regis properties. The Remede toiletries are amongst my favourite resort toiletries on the market — I recognize that they’ve a little bit of a kick to them, and likewise just like the “beads” within the physique wash.

St. Regis Aspen Remede toiletries

So far as views go, the room confronted some close by buildings, and there have been mountain views within the distance.

St. Regis Aspen one bed room suite view

It was good to see that the St. Regis Aspen didn’t appear to have any pandemic cutbacks. For instance, twice every day housekeeping was customary, and there have been even goodies left by the mattress at evening. I haven’t seen these a lot previously couple of years!

St. Regis Aspen turndown service

Since we had been staying in a set, we additionally acquired St. Regis’ signature butler service, together with assist with packing & unpacking, garment urgent, a butler desk, shoe shine service, and complimentary espresso, tea, and scorching chocolate.

St. Regis Aspen butler service facilities

Of these options, the one I actually worth is espresso. Most days I ordered some espresso, whereas Ford ordered scorching chocolate after snowboarding (which was fairly a setup, with marshmallows and whipped cream).

St. Regis Aspen butler service espresso & scorching chocolate

I’ve nothing however good issues to say about our room. We bought an amazing improve, and it’s at all times good to have further house. On high of that the room had a snug mattress and usually felt nicely maintained.

The one factor that I want we had was a fire. For what it’s value, there are different one bed room suites (and rooms) with fireplaces, so that’s one thing you possibly can particularly assure.

St. Regis Aspen pool & scorching tubs

The St. Regis Aspen has an out of doors courtyard with one heated pool and three scorching tubs. I used to be impressed by how heat the pool was, given the out of doors temperatures. Even so, I’m not a lot of a pool particular person (and that’s not simply in winter locations).

St. Regis Aspen stairs to pool
St. Regis Aspen pool
St. Regis Aspen pool
St. Regis Aspen scorching tubs
St. Regis Aspen scorching tub

There’s one other out of doors space with a fireplace pit, in addition to some yurts which might be reserved for a personal lunch or dinner.

St. Regis Aspen fireplace pit
St. Regis Aspen out of doors house

St. Regis Aspen health club & spa

The St. Regis Aspen health club is situated on the basement stage, and is open 24/7. The health club is in the identical space because the convention rooms.

St. Regis Aspen convention house

The health club had a superb choice of gear and was fairly giant. The one draw back was that there was no pure gentle, on condition that it’s underground.

St. Regis Aspen health club
St. Regis Aspen health club
St. Regis Aspen health club
St. Regis Aspen health club
St. Regis Aspen health club
St. Regis Aspen health club

The St. Regis Aspen additionally has a Remede Spa. The spa can solely be used at the side of spa remedies. I didn’t get any remedies on the spa, although you possibly can discover the spa menu right here.

St. Regis Aspen Velvet Buck Restaurant (breakfast)

Velvet Buck is the St. Regis Aspen’s solely “actual” restaurant, and it’s situated simply off the foyer. At the moment the restaurant is barely serving breakfast, which is on the market every day from 7AM till 11AM. On the one hand I’m stunned the resort doesn’t have a correct all-day eating restaurant, although however Aspen has so many wonderful eating places inside strolling distance that it could most likely be powerful to compete.

Velvet Buck was a great measurement, and there was by no means a anticipate a desk, although tables had been very unfold out.

St. Regis Aspen Velvet Buck Restaurant
St. Regis Aspen Velvet Buck Restaurant
St. Regis Aspen Velvet Buck Restaurant
St. Regis Aspen Velvet Buck Restaurant

For breakfast there have been two choices — there was both a menu, or there was a buffet obtainable for $45 per particular person (together with espresso, juice, and eggs).

St. Regis Aspen breakfast buffet

We ordered off the menu every morning, which you will discover under.

St. Regis Aspen breakfast menu

The breakfast choice on the St. Regis was wonderful general. The contemporary juices had been nice, whereas the cappuccinos weren’t so wonderful.

St. Regis Aspen breakfast
St. Regis Aspen breakfast

The meals was phenomenal throughout the board, although, from the acai bowl, to the avocado toast, to the build-your-own omelet.

St. Regis Aspen breakfast
St. Regis Aspen breakfast
St. Regis Aspen breakfast

As talked about above, Marriott Bonvoy Platinum members and above can choose breakfast as their welcome amenity, and that’s a $52 every day credit score. Whereas that received’t realistically cowl a full scorching breakfast for 2 individuals, it’s a vital low cost, and makes breakfast way more moderately priced.

I’ll take a credit score like this any day over the inns that supply a complimentary continental breakfast consisting of espresso and a muffin. As you possibly can see, on the menu there’s a $26 continental breakfast, so presumably that’s the place the $52 credit score quantity comes from.

One other good function was that there was complimentary espresso and tea within the foyer every morning till 11AM. Between the espresso within the foyer and the espresso through butler service, I managed to remain nicely caffeinated all through our keep. 😉

St. Regis Aspen complimentary espresso & tea

St. Regis Aspen Mountain Social Bar & Lounge

Mountain Social Bar & Lounge is the St. Regis’ foyer bar, and it’s open every day from 12PM till 10:30PM. It is a place you may get drinks, and on high of that lunch and dinner is served right here as nicely. There’s each a bar space after which a bunch of couches by a fire the place you would sit. There was even dwell music within the evenings.

St. Regis Aspen Mountain Social Bar & Lounge
St. Regis Aspen Mountain Social Bar & Lounge
St. Regis Aspen Mountain Social Bar & Lounge
St. Regis Aspen Mountain Social Bar & Lounge
St. Regis Aspen Mountain Social Bar & Lounge

We had drinks right here a number of instances. Whereas I’m not normally a bloody mary fan, I make an exception when staying at St. Regis properties, and attempt to have one with every keep (on condition that the bloody mary was based on the St. Regis New York).

St. Regis Aspen bloody mary menu

Ford had The Shogun (from the St. Regis Osaka), whereas I had The Harry’s Texas (from the St. Regis Houston). Each had been wonderful. Often I’d attempt to have the “native” bloody mary, nevertheless it had bacon, so…

St. Regis Aspen bloody marys

The remainder of the cocktail record was nice as nicely.

St. Regis Aspen cocktail menu

I loved the Dean St. Mule.

St. Regis Aspen cocktail

The standard cocktails had been additionally good, together with a unclean martini and quaint.

St. Regis Aspen cocktails

The bar snacks right here had been additionally mildly addictive…

St. Regis Aspen bar snacks

St. Regis Aspen snowboarding

I’m not a skier, so I can’t chime in firsthand on the snowboarding circumstances in Aspen. Nevertheless, I can level out that the St. Regis Aspen isn’t ski-in/ski-out. The resort may be very near the bottom of Aspen Mountain, and there’s a ski concierge, however you do have to go away the property to get to the mountain.

It’s both a really brief stroll (let’s name it 5 minutes with gear), or the resort has a complimentary shuttle, which reveals up in a short time. That is hardly an enormous deal, however it’s a small drawback in comparison with another in style ski resorts.

St. Regis Aspen service

I used to be impressed by the service on the St. Regis Aspen, particularly given the staffing points so many inns are having. As is the case at so many seasonal ski resorts, the workers on the resort had been very worldwide. It sort of felt like flying Emirates. There have been workers from everywhere in the world, and specifically there have been dozens of individuals from Italy and South Africa.

Throughout the board service was excellent. Each request was rapidly taken care of, and there wasn’t a single service lapse.

Actually the one service suggestions I’ve entails being seated at breakfast. Once you arrive on the restaurant they ask in your room quantity, after which they leaf by way of pages and pages of paperwork for a minimum of two minutes earlier than seating you.

I’m guessing that they’re checking whether or not a visitor has breakfast included or not, nevertheless it looks like this might be completed extra effectively. With out exception, every morning it took that lengthy, which simply makes me assume they should have a really inefficient system for managing this.

Backside line

The St. Regis Aspen is one among my favourite Marriott resorts in the US. The property has a great location, pleasant service, and good services. Specifically, you possibly can’t beat this place as a Marriott Bonvoy member — we had been in a position to redeem factors when a base room would have price $2,000+ per evening, and on high of that would use a set evening award to verify an improve to a one bed room suite. In equity, this was my first time ever clearing an improve right here, so I lucked out.

I additionally recognize how this property doesn’t nickel-and-dime. Not solely is there no resort price, however the resort does supply quite a lot of helpful facilities, from complimentary espresso within the morning, to an airport and city shuttle.

In the event you’re a skier I’d extremely advocate the St. Regis Aspen. I’m simply unhappy in regards to the upcoming Marriott Bonvoy devaluation, as a result of I can solely think about what number of factors this property will price in peak season.

In the event you’ve stayed on the St. Regis Aspen, what was your expertise like?

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